Patrick McGuinness wrote:I acquired 6 chickens too. once i get their chicken tractor done in the next couple days, they will be out there helping too.
There are a few things going on.
Patrick McGuinness wrote:
That does look fairly painless Scott, maybe next year i'll give that a try. digging these rows by hand is a serious pain.
You said that you plant in what was the path last year, what was your reasoning for that? to prevent over feeding in one spot (crop rotation) or something else?
I like your design! And even the dimensions will work! If you go with 4 foot strip mulched rows and 8 foot grassy living mulch between rows, it will be perfect and even allow a one foot path for access beside the chicken tractor! 4 foot is about the width of most giant round bales of hay. 4 foot rolls of commercial recycled paper or cardboard are pretty inexpensive too. So you could unroll the paper right in front of the hay being unrolled and prepare your beds in no time at all! Might have to trim the edges with a lawn mower but I see no problem there. This gives you a three year rotation. I think it will work! I am certainly interested in seeing your results if you decide to try it.
Patrick McGuinness wrote:the chicken tractor has been done for a week now. having one that fit in between rows probably would be nice, but this one is done now. I did put a front door in it so if i want to, i can fence off an area and let them out into it.
it measures 7 foot by 7 foot (2.1m by 2.1m). in the one side view, there are spots for 2 five gallon buckets to sit. one for food, one for water. I'm going to redesign the moving handle. that one puts too much downward pressure on the cross bars, but overall it's working pretty well. just need to make their nesting boxes to put in there. but i have until mid august to do that.